2022 National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 9, 2022
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
National Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly National Aboriginal Day) was announced in 1996 through a proclamation by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc. The proclamation was signed after consultations with various Indigenous groups. June 21, the summer solstice, was selected due to its cultural significance for many Indigenous peoples and communities.
Indigenous peoples in Canada have faced historic oppression and systemic barriers that continue to hinder their access to high-quality, well-funded public services, including health care. Advocating for access to high-quality health care for all means recognizing, supporting and learning from the unique experiences of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis nurses in our union.
We encourage all of our members to take the time to engage with Indigenous cultural celebrations, be willing to learn, and also reflect on the issues faced by Indigenous communities and the intersection with your practice.
- Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (June 21-26, 2022)
- Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Toronto with the City's annual Sunrise Ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 a.m.
- Indigenous Arts Festival (June 18-19, 2022)
- Native Canadian Centre of Toronto - Indigenous Day Celebration (June 21, 2022)
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- Learn more about ONA's Human Rights and Equity team and their ongoing work here. Watch ONA's "Human Rights and Equity Caucus" video and learn more about the role we play in promoting equity and diversity for our members in the workplace and in the Union.
- Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association
- Assembly of First Nations
- Check out the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada website to learn about advocacy to support access and opportunities for First Nations children and youth. They also have a page dedicated to COVID-19 resources.
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- #IndigenousReads reading list
- The Ontario Federation of Labour has assembled an extensive list of anti-racism resources, including readings, videos and podcasts.
- Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat
- Ontario Human Rights Commission